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Mr Howard Horn with his latest carving for the Royal Family.
Mr Howard Horn with his latest carving for the Royal Family.
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COCKTAIL: The Ivy House pub in Hendon was offering a patriotic tipple for the Royal Wedding – a red, white and blue liqueur concoction at just £1.50 a shot.

DRESS: The Vianne Bridal Agency of Frederick Street, Sunderland, launched their own version of Lady Di’s wedding dress just days after the marriage. The cost was a snip at just £130.

GIFT: Pensioner Howard Horn, right, craved out a special present for the Royal couple – a colourful bowl of fruit.

 Howard, of Ivor Street, had already had four carved pictures accepted by the Royal family.

SHUN: The Royal Wedding was shunned by a group of party organisers in Durham, who held a music festival on the Sands and at Bernard Gilpin Hall as an alternative to the festivities.

VIDEO: Sales of video recorders soared across Wearside as Royal Wedding fever gripped townsfolk. “We just cannot get enough of them,” said Gordon Barclay, of Radio Rentals.

HAIR: The Glemby hair salon at Joplings was swamped by women demanding a “Diana style” in 1981.

 “I’ve done the style so many times now I find it boring,” said manageress Janice McLane.

STEAL: Thieves were branded as ‘heartless’ after stealing a Union Jack flag from a complex for the elderly at Redcar House, Red House Estate. The theft left 44 pensioners “annoyed but undaunted.”

FLAVOUR: A little flavour of the Royal Wedding arrived at the French Blackboard restaurant in Cleadon in 1981, with a red, white and blue dessert named “Fraises La Belle Diana.”